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Spowart to plead against Lloyds takeover on C4

Jim Spowart, the founder of Intelligent Finance, and Scottish National Party MSP Alex Neil will call on HBOS shareholders to vote against the planned Lloyds TSB takeover on Channel Four tonight.

The Political Slot will be on Channel Four at 7.30pm on Friday night and Spowart and Neil’s broadcast is in advance of HBOS’ AGM on December 12.

Neil says: “We will reach a wide audience with this broadcast and I hope HBOS shareholders will take note of the points we put across.

“They are going to have a crucial say in the future of tens of thousands of jobs up and down the UK, in Scotland and England. Their votes will have a major impact on the UK and Scottish economies which ever way they vote.”


Job juggling at Irish banks

Even with the comfort of a 500bn state guarantee, life hasn’t got any easier for Irish banks, with worries about a mountain of bad debts from property developers compounded by a recession that is crippling business.

Bunch of fives would help

Chancellor Alistair Darling destroyed the rule book and came out fighting as he delivered his pre-Budget report last week, one of the most significant economic and political announcements for a generation.

Reintroducing the right-to-borrow

Looking at the current mortgage funding crisis and the fall of the former building societies such as Bradford & Bingley and Halifax, it is fascinating to note that back in the 1980s the Building Societies Association was lobbying parliament for new legislation which would allow its members to become mortgage banks.And intriguingly, a key player […]

Marketwatch 08/12/2008

Swaps continued to plummet but we have not seen any further improvements in fixed rate deals. And three-month LIBOR is now 3.79% but we have not seen any movement in tracker pricing either.

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Preparing for the changes to the pensions market

As more and more providers start to reveal their stance on the charge cap and removal of commission and active member discount pricing, we thought it would be worthwhile to look at what these are, and the steps businesses should be taking to prepare for this.


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